Citizens' Issues
Recover tour costs of friends and relatives from Pratibha Patil, demands activist

Pratibha Patil spent over Rs225 crore on her 14 foreign tours covering 24 countries, most of the time accompanied by her friends and relatives. RTI activist Subhash Agrawal says the cost incurred on her friends and relatives must be recovered from Patil in order to set an example

Pratibha Patil, who had undertaken a number of foreign trips as president, was accompanied by her friends and relatives on several occasions, reveals a Right to information (RTI) reply received by activist Subhash Chandra Agrawal. Following this disclosure, and to set an example, the government must recover all costs of travel, boarding, lodging and other aspects incurred on her friends and relatives, except her spouse, in proportionate to total expensed made on these trips, demands Mr Agrawal.

 

He said, “The cost should be recovered from her even by stopping her post-retirement pension and other perks and if needed through other recovery proceedings. It will be in fitness of things that she may herself offer to pay these expenses following bitter criticism on the high expenses of about Rs225 crore made on her Presidential trips."

 

Patil had undertaken 14 foreign trips covering 24 countries during her five-year term that ended on 25 July 2012. Her trips came under media headlines after it was revealed under the RTI Act that this had cost the exchequer over Rs225 crore.

 

“President Secretariat after directions from the Chief Information Commission (CIC) has now reluctantly provided complete details of large fleet of accompanying persons with the then president of India Pratibha Patil on her numerous trips in India and abroad confirming her taking friends and relations, other than her spouse, on these pleasure trips made in name of official trips. This is a gross misuse of taxpayers’ hard-earned money by none other than head of the nation,” Mr Agrawal alleged.

 

For example, when Patil visited United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah) and the Syrian Arab Republic (Damascus and Aleppo) between 21st and 30 November 2010, besides an official delegation and her staff and security personnel, two guests, Dr Gajendra Singh Patil and Randhirsingh Patil accompanied her. While Dr Gajendra Singh Patil is younger brother of the former president, Randhir Singh Patil is her nephew. They both were part the 97-member team that visited UAE and Syria with Patil.

 

Even for a five-day visit to Mauritius between 24th April and 28 April, Patil was accompanied by a 98 members, including her son, Rajendra Singh Shekhawat, daughter-in-law Manjari Shekhawat, daughter Jyoti Rathore, grandson Prithvi Singh Shekhawat and grand-daughter Vedika Rathore. There were about 24 people from the media who visited Mauritius with the president.

 

Notwithstanding a huge controversy over expenditure on her foreign travels, Patil, the then president ran up a bill of Rs18.08 crore on her last trip abroad shortly before demitting office, according to official information accessed through RTI.

 

The chartering of the Air India Boeing 747-400 jumbo for her two-nation trip to South Africa and Seychelles from 29th April 29 to 8 May 2012 alone cost Rs16.38 crore, the airline said in an RTI reply.

 

In addition, an expenditure of Rs1.46 crore was incurred in Pretoria—the South African capital. Of this, Rs71.82 lakh was spent on local stay, Rs52.33 lakh on transportation and Rs22.12 lakh on miscellaneous expenditure.
 

In Durban, an expenditure of Rs23.55 lakh was incurred. Of this, hotel stay alone cost nearly Rs18 lakh and transportation was Rs5.27 lakh. The details about the lodging and other expenditures in South Africa were provided by the Indian Missions in Pretoria and Durban under RTI.

 

Here are the details received by Mr Agrawal about Pratibha Patil's trips as President...

 


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COMMENTS

P VENKATARAMANI

3 years ago

UPA itself is a damn useless
govt. and not only wasted our money by paying the salary to all the IDIOT ministers but also put our INDIA into a shameful nation in international scenario. One of the example is by giving the so-called prestigious President Post to an useless women I dont even want to name her here. Its famous that she always on foreign tour by spending the Exchequer money with her useless relatives and friends. Her travel involves on every three months when she was a president. She brought the RASHTRABHAVATHI BHAWAN to a low low category and asking all the staff to do her only personal jobs. It is shame shame to our country..... We as people nothing to do about this expect writing like this........ GOD ONLY CHANGE OUR COUNTRY...

P VENKATARAMANI BANGALORE

mani thyagarajan

4 years ago

corrupt-riddled UPA very naturally selected a PRESIDENT - PP who did not give answers to allegations and as usual, no strict followup was done by CBI controlled by UPA!, GOD - WHEN WILL U RID INDIA OF SUCH POLICITIANS AND LEADERS????
thyagarajan

raj ksk

4 years ago

In response to Mr.Harish Chandra Kohli i would say that the Presidents of India post India's freedom such as Rajendra Prasad, S.Radhakrishnan B.D.Jatti and Zakir Hussain enhanced the stature of the post of President by their Spotless Reputation in discharging their Constitutional duties. But they are so much from the past that today's generation can only equate with President like A.P.J.Abdul Kalam since he interacts with People of all age groups and has been such a prolific writer of Books and articles. In spite of his being over 75 he still keeps a Punishing schedule and is a Karmayogi in the true sense. I have in no way belittled the contributions of past Presidents but the former President Mrs. Pratibha Patil takes the cake as far as nepotism & corruption to new heights by her courting a dozen or more controversies during her tenure as President

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nagesh kini

In Reply to raj ksk 4 years ago

Raj - PP has taken the cake ... to new DEPTHS and not 'heights' as mentioned.

There's a lot of difference between the two.

Harish Chandra Kohli

In Reply to raj ksk 4 years ago

Very true my friend, the present generation will indeed look at Dr. Kalam as a role model but we cannot forget history. In the present times we do recall Nehru, Vallabhai Patel and others, the past Presidents too can be but unfortunately not.

Harish Chandra Kohli

4 years ago

Raj KSK has mentioned Dr. Kalam as a model President while HG Sharma says "no better President than Dr. Kalam"; undoubtedly so. But why are they missing out the stalwarts like Babu Rajendra Prasad, Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, Dr. Zakir Hussain and Dr. BD Jatti even though the latter was an Acting President. With due respects, presidents after them have been forced on us by the Congress bosses. For once they used their heads, set aside their imaginary suspicions, maybe dislike too, by proposing Pranab Mukherjee. With due respects to the other's comments, I have great regard for him and have no doubt he will bring prestige to the office.
And please, I am not a congress supporter.

Ubaldo C DSouza

4 years ago

This sheepish-looking woman has validated the adage that silent waters run deep! Her exploit of public funds is comparable to some other raids of the cookie jar and reminds one of rural farmers coming to cities with noticeable entourages of 'gaowalles' (villagers). Not to forget her brazen attempt to appropriate defence land for her retirement villa.

kujursbelkhas

4 years ago

Persons sponsored by Congress Party tend to loot public money. Pranav Mukherji may not be exception. Watch out.

nagesh kini

4 years ago

Mrs. PP was a No-No from the word go.
Criminal cases were pending against close members of family - no one knows what has happened to any. No RTI/PIL can elicit any information?
Her attempt to usurp precious reserved army land for putting up a swank bungalow far in excess of her entitlement was curbed by a RTI query by a concerned ex-service man.
She should be officially called upon to refund to the Rashtrapati Bhavan, all expenditure incurred in each and every member of her close and extended member of her family more particularly her son who takes off on a personal business trip when he was an invited to a dinner as a member of the presidential delegation.
All expenses that are not normal in terms of protocol should be demanded. This should also disallow other non-diplomatic accompanying staff.
When the Pension of others are held up, it must apply to Mrs. Patil in equal measure. No exception.

Dayananda Kamath k

4 years ago

there were also reports that on her trip to south africa her son was missing at the dinner hosted . it subsiquently learnt that he has continued his businessjourney from africa .to some other destination. atleast at that time the president should have the courtesy to refund the expenses incurred on his africa tour.it is nothing but misuse of official position to enrich oneself.can we call it curruption? but non of our politicians even the opposition party is not bothered about such misuse. may be they too want to utilise this benefit. or use it when defending their misuses. .

HG Sharma

4 years ago

Why blame the former President alone,has not our polity as a whole failed us to give a better candidate than Dr. Kalam. Should not we all, as a nation be ashamed to have elected such politicians , who in turn have fought vociferously & manipulated to keep the right man out . The saying that `As you sow,so shall you reap ' must have come after real sufferings. Have we learnt any lessons.We don't & we will not as long we cast our vote on consideration of Political affiliation ,religion ,cast , creed etc. do we ever see the personal credential of a candidate ?.Till we change our selves we will keep getting such faulty elevations ,which will only be technically right but not morally .

raj ksk

4 years ago

It is a national shame that President of our Country has spent Rs.225 crores of tax payer's money on her foreign jaunts which have not bought any change in our relationship with those nations. Should she not be answerable to the nation. On the other hand we have Mr.A P J Abdul Kalam who was the Model President of our country who did not misuse the office of the President and rather bought more Dignity to this office. Why not the social media highlights this and bring the High and Mighty to some level of accountability

Vaibhav Dhoka

4 years ago

President is trend setter and now whole nation will follow.So whole nation will follow ex presidents footstep for corruption.This is because of omnipresent photos of president in all government offices.

S

4 years ago

an MP's husband in UK was charged for claiming cable tv expense. the claim was made by MP without checking the bill which included her husband ordering porn. MP was dissmissed from the office and the minor fine was asked to be paid back. What Ms.Patil has done is outrageous. Her cunning looks is sufficient to justify this act. This is as much a financial fraud as any other financial fraud. She must be jailed.

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nagesh kini

In Reply to S 4 years ago

All criminal cases against members of her extended families should be fast tracked and punished.
The cost of air tickets, hotels stays of other than eligible members of her party incl. not accredited hangers on masquerading as personal has to be recovered from her right away or cases of cheating filed u/s 420 IPC.

Suiketu Shah

In Reply to S 4 years ago

Yes I do recall this happened in 2009 and the Brit media rightly made a hugh issue of this which is the way it shd be.No wodner Britain is a first world country.Nice example stated.

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The company sold 2.59 lakh tonnes pipes, out of which overseas sales took 67% of the total pipes sold. This is respectable considering global economic environment was challenging. Domestic sales contributed to the remainder of the 2.59 lakh tonnes sold.
 

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